South Dakota State Advances to Play EWU Next Week at “The Inferno”

13th-ranked Jackrabbits beat Northern Arizona 26-7 and will play No. 3 Eagles Saturday at 1 p.m. at Roos Field

Eastern Washington University football fans, get ready for the Zach show.

The Eagles will take on South Dakota State this Saturday (Dec. 7) after the Jackrabbits rode a 249-yard performance by running back Zach Zenner for a 26-7 victory over Northern Arizona in the first round of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs on Nov. 30 in Flagstaff, Ariz.

This week’s second-round game will take place at 1 p.m. at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash. Information on tickets for the game at the “Inferno” – where EWU is 22-3 all-time – is available at:

Zenner rushed for 249 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries against NAU as SDSU scored the last 26 points of the game. Zenner knotted the game at 7 with an 87-yard run, then had a 34-yard TD run in the third quarter to give SDSU the lead for good. Zenner, who had 235 of his yards through the first three quarters, had entered the game ranked second in FCS in rushing with 1,695 total and now has 1,944 for the season.

The Jackrabbits had 399 yards of total offense against the Lumberjacks, who finished with 301. Zach Bauman, who was ninth in FCS entering the game with 1,355 yards, had 114 yards in his first 14 carries, but minus 13 on eight carries after that to finish with 101. South Dakota State out-gained NAU 95-7 in the decisive third quarter.

The Jackrabbits are 9-4 on the season after finishing 5-3 in a four-way tie for second in the Missouri Valley Football Conference behind two-time defending FCS Champion North Dakota State (8-0).

More on the Eagles and this week’s game may be found at:

FCS Playoff Ticket Information . . .

Tickets for the general public went on sale starting Nov. 25.  Links and information are available at They may be purchased through TicketsWest outlets, via and 1-800-325-SEAT. Prices range from $30 for premium seating to $20 for end zone and east side seating.

Free tickets for Eastern students are available for pickup at the EWU Bookstore Customer Service Desk. In order to claim a student ticket, students must present a valid EWU student identification card. The limit is one ticket per ID card and the owner of the ID card is the only person allowed to pick-up the ticket.


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